News and Announcements of Bluebonnet Music Teachers Association, Williamson County Texas, USA

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Minutes of October meeting

The general monthly meeting was held on October 9 at Velocity Music Academy.

 Fall Theory Test
The theory test will be from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. The test will be offered
again at 4:00-6:00 pm on the same day.

Master Composers/Hymn Festival
Students may perform a piece by a master composer or a hymn, and a piece of
their choice. Pieces by master composers must be original versions. Hymns
may be arrangements.
Martha M showed the printed festival certificates. The certificates have a
critique sheet printed on the back. Martha M stated that teachers may turn in
a separate critique sheet if they prefer.
There will be no voice entries in the festival.
There will be no printed program for the winners' recital.

Christmas program
Teachers are encouraged to turn in at the next meeting an estimate of the
number of their students that will participate in the Christmas program at the
Assisted Living Facility in Wesleyan Retirement Center.
The deadline for registration for the Christmas program is November 20. Turn
in a list of student names and titles of pieces and composers to chairman
Martha Marks. There will be no printed program; the performers will just be
If there is a large number of performers, we could also perform at the
adjacent Independent Living facility.
Students should be dressed up for this event. This is our association's
Christmas party.
Sarah will be in charge of the refreshments.

Presentation - The Conscious Ear
Sarah gave a presentation about The Conscious Ear. She recommended the book
The Conscious Ear by Alfred A. Tomatis. The book is about the benefits of
music. Music can be used to make autistic children communicate. Sarah
explained that talking into one's closed hand into the web between the thumb
and second finger, we are able to hear more.
Sarah announced the Rachmaninoff concert by the Austin Civic Chorus:

A list of ensemble pieces was handed out by Martha M.

January Meeting
The January meeting was moved to Lillian's studio in Round Rock.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 am.

Lillian Simmons
Bluebonnet MTA